Google Is Taking Away John Legend’s Voice on Google Assistant

Posted on March 6, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 5 Comments

Google first announced it will be bringing musician John Legend’s soothing voice to Google Assistant back in 2018. John Legend’s voice arrived on Assistant back in April of 2019, and it was pretty cool.

There’s some bad news now, though: John Legend’s voice on Assistant is going away.

Google announced yesterday that John Legend’s cameo voice on Assistant will be going away on March 23rd. So if were a fan of John Legend’s cameo voice on the Assistant, you will only be able to use it for a few more days.

John Legend’s voice on the Assistant was actually really nice, here’s how I described the experience back in 2019:

You can ask Assistant basic questions like “what’s the temperature outside?” or “tell me a joke” to hear Legend’s “silky smooth” voice. And you can also ask Legend some personal questions like “who is Chrissy Tiegen?” or “what’s your favorite type of music?” And Google says there are some “surprises” too, including for answers to questions like “Hey Google, serenade me” or “Hey Google, are we just ordinary people?”

It’s not exactly clear why Google is removing the cameo voice from the Assistant. It’s also not clear if we can expect to see more cameo voices from other celebrities in the future.

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5 responses to “Google Is Taking Away John Legend’s Voice on Google Assistant”

  1. Daekar

    It amazes me that the voice assistants haven't gone after two major customer-facing improvements: More voices, and custom wake-words. Given how sensitive some people are to different voices I can't imagine there wouldn't be demand for it. I personally would pay a fee for a new voice if it were good.

  2. JH_Radio

    They could charge a small amount for these voices... Yeah I liked his voice too.

  3. lsta

    I just tried and perhaps for obvious reasons, my Google Home replied, “Sorry, the John Legend voice can only be heard if you’re in the United States.” I’m in Canada.

  4. Belralph

    This reminds me of the 'guest' voices in the Waze app. Arnold, Morgan Freeman to name a few. They were free and only good for a short time. I don't use Waze as much since Google bought it but I don't think they do it anymore.

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